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DAVID PETERSON: The Finger Pointing to the Moon


by Jose M. Fraguas

img-ma6David Peterson began training in the Martial Arts back in 1973. He is a direct student of the late great Wing Chun master Wong Shun Leung, and a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he majored in Chinese studies, and was a teacher of the Chinese language for over thirty years.

His accomplishments as a teacher and writer are equally well known. As the founder and head instructor of the 'Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club', Sifu Peterson spread the philosophy and teachings of Wong Shun Leung as a lasting tribute to his mentor for twenty-eight years.


Ip Man – Master of a Generation 一代宗師


by David Peterson

In the realm of Chinese martial art folklore, the mere mention of a select few names can conjure up images of bravery, skill and honour. Names like hung kuen master Wong Fei Hong, Jing Wu Institute founder Huo Yuan Jia or wing chun ancestor Leung Jaan, immediately remind us of great martial artists whose skills and deeds continue to inspire respect in the martial world. Another name has been added to that list in recent times, brought to the attention of the wider public in three recent Chinese movies – wing chun grandmaster and patriarch, Ip Man.




Getting It Right ...the “Wong Way”!!! 


by David Peterson & Enzo Verratti 

There are many people claiming to teach ving tsun, and as many different “versions” of ving tsun as there are teachers, or so it seems. The reasons for these variations are many and complex, one factor which immediately springs to mind being that there are at least three or four different systems of Chinese boxing which take the name ving tsun (though the Chinese characters may differ). At least two of these appear to have originated in or around the city of Fatsaan (Foshan in the Mandarin dialect), the southern Chinese city where Grandmaster Yip Man of the Hong Kong-style first studied the system under his teacher, Chan Wa Sun, who in turn had learnt from the most celebrated of ving tsun “ancestors”, Leung Jan, the undefeated “King of Ving Tsun”, a man who is said to have been very protective when it came to passing on his skills.


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